Drug Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The “overmedication” of agitated dementia patients — with the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs — is an ongoing issue in U.S. health care. Now, British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease those symptoms, but in a much safer way. The newer antipsychotic pimavanserin…

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Asthma Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Asthma and allergies can put on damper on your Valentine’s Day romancing, an expert warns. “Keeping everyone free of allergy and asthma flare-ups helps keep the focus on romance this Valentine’s Day. Red or itchy eyes, runny noses, coughs and fatigue can ruin your celebration,” Dr. Bradley Chipps,…

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Therapy Reverses Alzheimer's Brain Plaque Buildup — in Mice

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents’ intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack of beta-secretase (BACE1), an enzyme critical in the formation of the plaques, said senior…

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Does Your Valentine Have a Roving Eye? Watch Out

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, new research suggests one behavior can predict how strong a couple’s bond might be. The study of newlywed couples found that if either partner spent too much time looking at attractive members of the opposite sex, their marriage was prone to trouble…

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Food Allergies: To Test or Not to Test

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) — About 5 percent of American children and 4 percent of adults have a food allergy, but many more are getting unnecessary testing. Specific blood and skin prick tests can help detect food allergies. But the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends them only for people…

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Vaccines Can Stem Poverty, Not Just Disease, Study Suggests

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Vaccines can provide major health and economic benefits for people in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. It estimated that increased spending to ensure wider distribution of 10 vaccines in 41 such countries over 15 years could prevent up to 36 million…

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Do Common Household Chemicals Affect Your Weight?

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — After losing weight, many dieters soon regain much of what they took off. Now, research hints that chemicals lurking in clothing and furniture may play a role in this frustrating yo-yo cycle. Widely used manmade chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) may undermine dieters’ attempts to maintain weight loss…

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Many Patients Know Too Little About Their MRI, CT Scans: Study

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Before they go in for an X-ray, CT scan or MRI, patients may have questions about their screening. But new research finds at least one in every five people saying they received no information about their procedures beforehand. “This is an important finding in today’s health care system,…

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Therapy Helps Those With Autism Navigate Adulthood

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For young people with autism, the leap to adulthood can feel like jumping off a cliff, but researchers may be zeroing in on a safety net. In a small study, young adults who had one of two psychotherapies were better able to deal with the thinking, flexibility and…

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Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Increased Fracture Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are placed on powerful inhaled corticosteroid therapy to ease symptoms. But new research suggests the treatment might raise their odds for bone fractures. Still, the Canadian study wasn’t able to prove cause-and-effect, and the overall risk remained small, said one…

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Ovarian Cancer Screening Still Ineffective, Not Recommended: Panel

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Screening for ovarian cancer is not recommended for women with no signs or symptoms of the disease, newly released guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force say. That represents no change in advice from the 2012 guidelines or the task force’s draft recommendations issued in the summer…

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Depression Common in U.S., Women Hit Hardest

TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say. National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood, according to a new report from…

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